Japan B. League

Kiefer, Shiga blown out again as Mikawa cruises

Delfin Dioquino
Kiefer, Shiga blown out again as Mikawa cruises

Kiefer Ravena of the Shiga Lakestars – Japan B. League. Japan B. League

Japan B. League

Kiefer Ravena and the Shiga Lakestars drop their last two games by a combined 84 points

MANILA, Philippines – Blowout losses continued to plague Kiefer Ravena and the Shiga Lakestars in the Japan B. League as they absorbed a 71-108 beating from the SeaHorses Mikawa on Saturday, March 12.

Fresh from a 47-point defeat to the Kawasaki Brave Thunders last March 9, the Lakestars suffered the same fate against the SeaHorses no thanks to a flat start that saw them fall behind 15-31 in the first quarter.

That lead swelled to as many as 45 points in the fourth as Shiga found no answers to Mikawa, which drew solid contributions from five players scoring in twin digits, with two breaching the 20-point mark.

Ravena showed the way with a team-high 16 points on top of 5 rebounds and 3 steals, but not even his efficient 7-of-10 clip from the floor could prevent the Lakestars from crashing to their sixth straight loss.

It has been a rough campaign for Shiga since the turn of the new year as it dropped nine of its last 10 matches, with its lone win coming against Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix.

Overall, the Lakestars sit at 18th place in the 22-team league with a 10-23 record.

Former NBA player Jarrod Uthoff topscored for Mikawa with 25 points on top of 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 2 steals, while Anthony Lawrence II churned out 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 blocks.

Davante Gardner had 17 points, Avi Schafer put up 12, and Ryogo Sumino added 11 in the win, the 11th-placed SeaHorses’ 18th in 34 games.

Novar Gadson and Sean Omara tallied 15 and 12 points, respectively, in the losing effort. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.